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  • Authors: Anna Knollmann | Stephanie Anderseck / 2020

    Automotive electronics with high reliability

    December 02, 2020

    Nanoindentation at active microelectronic systems.
    © Fraunhofer IKTS | Jürgen Lösel

    The proportion of electronic components in cars is constantly increasing. Without reliable electronics, there will be no safety and comfort in road traffic in the future. Examples of innovative vehicle functions are automated driving and infotainment. In addition, there are new drive systems such as hybrid and electric motors and all-encompassing interconnection. In order to assess the suitability of semiconductor components of the latest technologies, the challenges must be identified and solution approaches evaluated. Nanoanalytics provides a powerful toolkit for this purpose.

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  • Authors: Anna Knollmann | Stephanie Anderseck | Anika Peucker / 2020

    Organic wax is made from carbon dioxide

    December 02, 2020

    Organic wax produced by Fischer-Tropsch synthesis.
    © Fraunhofer IKTS

    Generation Y. I belong to this generation. Some things are imputed to us. A much quoted statement is: We are becoming more environmentally conscious again. In all areas of my life I also try to use natural products and pay attention to the environment.This is particularly important to me in the field of cosmetics, because everyone, including you, uses cosmetics every day. And that is not little: just pause for a moment and think about how many cosmetic products you yourself own and use every day. This is exactly why I prefer natural cosmetics to conventional cosmetics.

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  • Authors: Anna Knollmann | Stephanie Anderseck | Anika Peucker / 2020

    Hard shell, porous core: personalized, 3D-printed bone implants

    December 01, 2020

    Hybrid manufacturing of complex bone structures
    © Fraunhofer IKTS

    In this German video Dr. Matthias Ahlhelm introduces himself and his research area at Fraunhofer IKTS. Shaping and degradable materials, such as ceramic biomaterials, play a decisive role. Matthias Ahlhelm gives you a brief insight into how he and his colleagues produce personalized bone implants from biomaterials in a combination of 3D printing and freeze foaming.

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  • Authors: Anna Knollmann | Stephanie Anderseck | Anika Peucker / 2020

    Do you want to be “smood”, as well?

    October 28, 2020

    Logo "smood - smart neighborhood": Sustainable living with green electricity and e-mobility
    © Thüringer Wachstumskerninitiative smood

    Beautiful, modern, ecological, economical, decentralized! This is how the acronym "smood" – the living of the future – could also be described. But actually "smood" stands for "smart neighborhood". This refers to living and working in a building-intelligent, environmentally friendly neighborhood surrounded by "green energy". Because it is precisely this "green energy" that is the core of "smood".

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  • Authors: Stephanie Anderseck | Fanny Pohontsch / 2020

    #diensttalk with Dr. Bianca Weihnacht about wind energy at sea and professional gamers

    October 12, 2020

    Dr. Bianca Weihnacht talks about wind energy at sea and professional gamers in our interview.
    © Fraunhofer IKTS

    Offshore wind farms are among the most reliable renewable energy sources. A turbine consists of four main sections: the rotor section, tower, transition piece with working platform and the foundation structure. The foundation structure anchors the turbine stably in the seabed. Bianca Weihnacht and her interdisciplinary team monitor the condition of the foundation structure under water automatically in real time with their ultrasonic sensor system. This enables them to detect and localize cracks in the weld seam between the transition piece and the foundation structure at an early stage. How exactly? Bianca Weihnacht will tell you in a short video and interview.

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  • The "Plataforma Solar de Almería" in Andalusia is the world's largest research centre for high-temperature solar technology. This is where the EU project CAPTure (Competitive Solar Power Towers) takes place. As part of the project IKTS researcher Dr. Alexander Füssel develops ceramic components for solar tower power plants. In an interview, he explains how, with which materials and which advantages result from this.

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  • Author: Maria Kaminski / 2020

    Thermoelectrics: old effect with big potential for the future

    May 26, 2020

    Europe's energy supply is undergoing a fundamental transformation: away from nuclear and fossil fuels and towards renewable energy sources. Especially in the field of energy efficiency, thermoelectrics can offer easily implementable and customizable solutions. Will thermoelectrics prevail as a future technology and find a broader application in industry? We asked our expert in thermoelectrics Dr. Hans-Peter Martin about this.

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  • Authors: Anna Knollmann | Katja Wätzig / 2020

    Cleaning outer space without fuel

    May 19, 2020

    Our modern networked world is unimaginable without the support of satellites from space. Navigation, broadcasting or mobile communication are just a few examples. Space stations, such as the ISS, are used for research purposes. Many smaller satellites provide data on changes in climate and vegetation. But what happens to all these artificial satellites when they are no longer needed? How can we get them back?

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  • Author: Fanny Pohontsch / 2020

    Battery cells for electric mobility made in EU – ASTRABAT

    May 11, 2020

    With 14 partners from eight countries, ASTRABAT, a major European project for the production of novel battery cells, was launched in January. Europe aims to set new standards by 2023 – from the processing of raw materials to cell production and recycling. Fraunhofer IKTS is involved in the project under the leadership of Dr. Kristian Nikolowski. We met him for some insights.

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